Endometriosis is not something many have heard about, and those who have know little about it. Those who suffer from it know how it can, like many other less known diseases, impact lives in serious ways.
Taking the time to know more about this illness prepares those who suffer from it to minimize risks and perhaps find a more suitable treatment option.
Here is some information about endometriosis to help. Always remember that you need to engage the advice of a medical professional in understanding and treating any illness.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists refers to endometriosis as a non-cancerous condition. This condition impacts the lives of 10 to 15 percent of women at reproductive age.
For these women, the uterine lining (endometrium) begins to grow outside of their uterus within ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, or even bladder.
In some cases, these cells have been found to grow even outside the pelvic cavity.
Those women who are looking for the miracle of birth, due to human error, may have been exposed to a drug called diethylstilbestrol that was prescribed to prevent miscarriages.
Daughters of women who were treated with diethylstilbestrol have increased the risk of developing endometriosis compared to women who did not take this drug.
According to WebMD, between 20% and 40% of women with fertility challenges have endometriosis.
WebMD acknowledges the fact that experts don’t fully understand how endometriosis causes infertility.
Without a full understanding of this disease, it makes and an odd sense that some women with the condition do not experience any visible symptoms while others experience pelvic pain similar to the menstrual cycle.
This pain may or may not Coincide with a woman’s period and could spread to the bladder or bowel.
At this point, there aren’t any scientifically proven cures for endometriosis, so the treatment options are directed more towards controlling symptoms often through painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.
Women should be aware of their body and when they notice irregularities consult with their gynecologist immediately.